Middle Kids are a brand new trio from Sydney, Australia whose debut self-titled EP comes out in early January. They hardly need to release it, however, given the amount of press the group have gotten with the first two singles off the album. With write-ups in Rolling Stone Australia and Stereogum as well as bookings on their world tour for the next decade or so, the band have already reached unparalleled heights off the back of “Edge of Town” and most recent single, “Your Love“. Suffice it to say, the rest of the album is at least as good as these two singles
The most immediately striking feature of Middle Kids is the vocals of singer Hannah Joy. A cross between Chrissy Hynde and Patsy Cline but with the modernity of Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel, Joy’s haunting, windswept voice seems to be what has the press oohing and ahhing.
The interesting and unique thing, really, about Middle Kids has more to do with how Joy’s voice is framed. While there’s a healthy dose of old country; slide guitars, acoustic and honky-tonk guitar hooks, the bulk of Middle Kids’s song composition is rooted in 90s indie rock. The two released singles as well as others on the album like “Never Start” and “Old River” see a guitar style by guitarist and video director Tim Fitz heavily influenced by the likes of Sonic Youth and Frank Black. The modern twist to Middle Kids’s sound come, oddly enough, from the country style spliced into each track. The jazzy yet heavy drums from Harry Day also add modern feel, putting the period on the end of Middle Kids’s unique musical sentence.
It’s an understatement to say that the release of Middle Kid’s album is hotly anticipated. This band has the pop cache of modern indie bands like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Arcade Fire. The album will no doubt hit the airwaves and the internet just as hard as these pioneering groups in January. Click below to see the videos for “Edge of Town” and “Your Love” and keep track of Middle Kids on Facebook to see tour dates and updates on the forthcoming EP.
Middle Kids On Tour:
February 21 | Seattle, WA at Barboza
February 22 | Portland, OR at The Fremont Theatre
February 25 | Los Angeles, CA at The Echo
February 28 | Denver, CO at Lost Lake Lounge
March 1 | Kansas City, MO at The Tank Room
March 3 | Nashville, TN at The Basement
April 1 | Brooklyn, NY at Baby’s All Right